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Time running out for undecided Iowa voters


Last minute attempts by the presidential candidates to grab remaining swing states is largely geared toward undecided voters.

Public Policy Polling's final poll before the elections shows the presidential candidates are virtually tied here in the Hawkeye State.

In a poll this weekend of some 1,122 Iowans likely to vote, President Obama led 50 percent to Gov. Romney's 48 percent, but with a 2.9 percent +/- margin of error in the survey.

The outcome of this race for Iowa's six electoral votes, therefore, could lie in the hands of the undecided voters.

Both Obama and Romney visited Dubuque on Saturday to make a play for this swing state, but undecided voters here say the appearances didn't so much make up their minds as reinforced the importance of their votes.

Undecided Dubuque voter Jon Bruce went to both Obama's speech in Washington Park and Romney's event at the Dubuque Regional Airport. He said the candidates' visits didn't influence his decision.

"I think at this point they're really down to talking points," he said Monday afternoon.

For Bruce, the decision is not clear-cut.

"The big thing that threw me in the undecided category was the - and this is weird - but women's rights," Bruce said. "I'm also concerned about my gun collection, but - and that's kind of like a balancing thing - is the risk to my gun collection more important than setting back civil rights for 30, 40 years?"

He said military experience and the environment are also important issues to him.

Undecided voter Pam Stierman couldn't make it to the candidates' events but said she feels pulled in several directions.

"I am pro-life. I'm Catholic," Stierman said, "and, morally, I should just probably go cast a vote for Romney if that was my only decision, but I can't vote on a single issue because there's too many other things that, in my life, are important as well."

As a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2007, she said she can't write off affordable health care.

"I have to weigh, you know, pre-existing conditions and not having insurance and things like that because it's just too expensive a disease to even fathom having to pay for it for yourself," Stierman said.

With a daughter in high school, she said, she cares about the candidates' stances on student loans, too. Plus, her parents are Medicare age.

"It kind of depends on where you are in your life what those important issues are," Stierman said. "I have about 24 hours to make a decision."

Both Stierman and Bruce said that as difficult as the decision may be, they will most definitely vote in the presidential election on Tuesday.

Beside Iowa, two other states for which the two campaigns are heavily fighting are Wisconsin and Ohio, along with about seven other swing states spread throughout the country.

The Des Moines Register's most recent poll shows Obama ahead of Romney in the state at 47 percent to the former governor's 42 percent. That poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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